Prisons and jails have become a ‘public health threat’ during the pandemic, advocates say
The Washington Post
November 11, 2020

Guard towers at the Marion Correctional Institution in Ohio on April 27.

The Washington Post reports, “Nobody knows how the ­novel coronavirus sneaked through the barbed wire and imposing gates of Ohio’s Pickaway Correctional Institution, where visitors and volunteers were barred from entering in March. But the first case showed up April 4. Within a week, 23 inmates and 17 staff members were found to be infected. One inmate, Charles Viney Jr., a 66-year-old with a collapsed lung, died hours after testing positive. Within a month, more than three-quarters of Pickaway’s roughly 2,000 inmates were confirmed positive. By the end of May, 35 were dead.”


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